Archive for December, 2009
  • Now everyone has a chance at 15 minutes of pure fame.
    by Mike
    Posted December 31st, 2009 at 7:43 am
    At some point or another in our lives, we've all sought out some way to become famous. Whether we were motivated by monetary dreams to the simple love of attention or anything in between, fame is one of those things that so many seek out yet fall short of. For good reason too. It's hard getting noticed and appealing to a wide group of people. So how do you get your foot in the door? A new site 15toFame looks to be a new tool in the tech minded individuals of the coming decade. The approa...
  • Happy New Year Everyone!
    by Mike
    Posted December 31st, 2009 at 7:22 am
    I started Gadgetsteria back in September 2008. Since then, the site has gone though a lot of changes. I thank you readers out there for making my hobby and passion worthwhile and by simply giving me a couple of minutes of your day. Going in to 2010, we have CES right around the corner with countless promising devices and services. 2010 will be an exciting year for sure. So sit back, relax, enjoy the sights, sounds, and scenery and have yourselves a happy new year. See you on the other ...
  • Droid and Sense UI starting to play somewhat nice. Rosie reported to be coming over for dinner too?
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 10:14 pm
    Android is all about customization and tweaking the hell out of it. While a large majority of those jumping on the Android bandwagon aren't exactly the largest book of technical knowledge, it's good to know that it's not stopping development of custom ROM's and all the enjoyable bits and pieces that make Android the highly customizable. The last week has seen Android 2.1 (Flan) as the current "must have" for Droid users. I myself flashed the latest 2.1 ROM available and was thoroughly imp...
  • Erik Gates, Mythbusters “Rocket Expert” dies from fall.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 9:34 pm
    In a bit of sad news tonight, Erik Gates, the proclaimed "Rocket Expert" of Mythbusters whom made several appearances on the show over the years passed away on December 20 after what doctors called blunt force trama to the chest. Apparently, Mr. Gates was working on some roofing when he fell 30ft. through a skylight. Regardless of your level of geekery and if you watched/loved/hated Mythbusters, any life cut short is sad and unfortunate. We can only offer our deepest condolences to Erik's...
  • Mophie jumping into mobile transaction arena with “me too” iPhone credit card scanner.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 8:43 pm
    Think Jack Dorsey's "Square" was as good as it got? Mophie, a popular iPhone hardware manufacturer would like you to think otherwise. While I and apparently several other bloggers in the tech sphere don't see this exactly one upping or even in the same league as Square, there's no doubt the mobile transaction market is quickly heating up. If we were going based on software alone, it would be hard to say much of anything about Mophie currently as their description of the "private label" soft...
  • Nexus One already rooted? (Think they’ll announce that on the 5th?)
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 5:51 pm
    You know, there's something funny about how the Nexus One isn't even official by any one company and yet somehow it's already been rooted. Well, we know Google employees got some early hands on time with gifts from the company they work for. So it was only a matter of time before one of those employees either rooted the device themselves or enlisted in the help of a code talking friend. Either way, score one for the geeks! Remember, rooting your device normally isn't for the faint of heart...
  • Launch balls, not fists: The Golf Ball Launcher
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 4:50 pm
    While I tend to focus on more stereotypical "gadgets" that happen to have some form of electronic in them, who doesn't like to shoot or blow stuff up every now and then? I sure do. In direct contrast and completely unrelated to violence, golf is a happy, peaceful game that requires patience and skill. It just so happens I possess neither of those fine qualities which explains why I can't play golf. But where there's a will, there's a way. Instead of playing golf all "old school" and by th...
  • Geeky-Gadgets iPhone app finally approved. Long waits, multiple rejections, and stupid reasoning aplomb.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 1:53 pm
    Travel back in time inside your mind to November 25th when we touched on fellow tech blogger Geeky-Gadgets' less than stellar interaction with the App Store and the mindless idiots who run it. November 4th: App Submitted / November 25th app rejected If you remember, the original Geeky-Gadgets app that was submitted on November 4th was rejected because of the contest category and some BS rule in the iPhone SDK that prohibits including or linking to such things. "Fair enough" said Ronald, e...
  • Visiting Times Square for New Years? Why not self handedly power that dropping ball?
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 12:45 pm
    As much as I'd love to, I simply won't be in Times Square for the big ball drop into 2010. But just because I'm not there doesn't mean I'm missing out. Some would argue that staying home (or at least indoors) is a much better experience as you get the benefit of countless camera angles, more coverage of the event, and of course a surrounding air temperature above freezing. The latter of which is a big one for me seeing as how I hate the cold. Since most party goers will start arriving late...
  • Moto XT701/(Sholes Tablet?) shows up for but a second on Moto’s website.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 12:21 pm
    Normally I wouldn't be all that interested in some "leak" of a Chinese bound handset. I don't live in China so why would I want to buy a device designed for China? Easy enough, right? Every now and then however, a foreign device slips by and reveals itself and does catch my attention. One such device is the Motorola XT701. Several weeks ago, the internet was full of Sholes Tablet images depicting a keyboardless version of the Moto Sholes (think Droid). While I like the added physical key...
  • Tuper Tario Tros. is Super Mario reborn. (Hope you’re up for a challenge…)
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 11:57 am
    Tuper Tario Tros? Is there such a thing? Why yes, yes there is. At first it may seem stupid and unoriginal. And I'll agree, the title fits that bill. But after playing the game for even just a few minutes has created yet another addicting game I must now frequent at least a few times a week. The concept of the game is your classic Super Mario Brothers game with Tetris thrown in. Now that is original and unique to say the least if not a bit odd. When you start out, you do the whole sid...
  • Feel like playing Tekken 3 on an HD2? Well, now you can.
    by Mike
    Posted December 30th, 2009 at 11:33 am
    Smartphones are inching closer and closer to replacing computers in our daily routine. Some would argue this or claim to still prefer a bigger monitor and such. For that, I'd say ok, at the very least, smartphones are starting to encroach on netbook territory. There, happy? Emulators are a geeks best friend. They allow us to play games/ROMs of our favorite games on devices that the console manufacturers/developers won't allow us to or are too ill equipped to support the necessary changes....
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